Jul 30 2014

8 DIY Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen We Heart From Pinterest

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Here at TGI we’re all about helping you give the most unique gifts for every occasion! In honor of wedding season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY gifts for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. The best gifts are those that have a personal touch! Check out these DIY projects and WOW your friends! (Browse our board for more inspiration)

1. Teacup Candles

// From Hey Gorg

Revive old teacups by making them into candles! // From Hey Gorg 

2. Bridal Clutches

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day!

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day! // Found on GreenWeddingShoes

 3. Custom Wine Bottle Labels

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

4. Bridal Boxes

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our how-to!

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our How To!

5. Groomsmen Drink and Cigar Packages

// From Happy Family Design Studios

Give the groomsmen what they really want! How could they say no? // From Happy Family Design Studios

6. Suspenders

// From Martha Stewart

There is something so charming about these.. your groomsmen are sure to agree! // From Martha Stewart

7. Bottle Covers

// From WaveSong on Etsy

A trendy shirt cover for your bottles? We can dig it!! // From WaveSong on Etsy

8. Groomsmen Gift Boxes

// From Style Me Pretty

A box with all the necessary fixings! A totally easy thing to put together! // From Style Me Pretty


Be sure to browse our Bridal Party Gift section for ideas you can purchase or our other DIY Pinterest posts on Bachelorette Parties or Gift Wrapping Ideas.



Jul 15 2014

Gift Guide // Summer Party Gift Ideas to Get You Invited Back

We’ve rounded up our favorite Gifts to Bring Your Host or Hostess for a Summer Party.  We’re highlighting them on Fox2 Detroit on July 16th and Fox 32 Chicago on July 18th. (view video clips below)


*Enter here to the win the Fiesta Private Island above ($599.00 Value!)

DIY BBQ Basket With a Healthy Twist 
Summer parties are a dangerous time to stick to your good eating habits, put together a basket of goodies for your next BBQ with some healthy alternatives.  Fill with BBQ popchips, (gluten-free and half the fat as regular BBQ Chips) add some fun napkins, a mit, special spices and favorite condiments and put in a reusable container.
Read the full DIY Post Here

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Hardsoap Dispensers
Fun, functional, eco-friendly and a perfect gift for your male host, these recycled booze bottles made into soap dispensers are a fun gift to bring your Jack or Captain loving bud.
Buy Here, Use Code “HARDSOAP” for 20% off 


Hardsoap Soap Dispensers

Gift of the Month Clubs from ClubsGalore
Even after the party or the weekend stay is over, let your hosts enjoy a little gift every month on you.  Send them a Home Spa Gift monthly, a Cocktail Party of the Month Club, Bacon of the Month or one of ClubGalore’s 36 club options. Use Code: INSIDER for 10% off any order + free shipping

Clubs Galore

Electric Bug Zapper from 13Deals
This Electric Bug Zapper is the fastest, cheapest and actually fun way to get rid of bugs while out in the summer. Low output power constitutes no real hazard, just hold up the racket & say goodbye to bugs.
Buy Here, HUGE FLASH DEAL – Pack of 2, was $29.98, now $4.99




“House Wine” in a Box
The very popular “House Wine” bottles now come in a cool, hip and cheeky House Wine Box.  It’s the perfect affordable hostess gift with a little more personality than your usual bottle of wine.$24.99  Buy Here



Wine Sak Purse 
This vacuum wine bag looks great on your arm, has a spout and keeps your wine from going sour for up to 6 days. It’s great for the party animal who knows how to bring wine with class!
$69.95, Wine Sak


Parachute Hammock from 13Deals  

Lightweight comfortable parachute silk hammock is perfect for camping or backpacking. Comes w/ travel bag all weighing just a pound & comes w.2 hanging hooks & rope. Huge deal! Retails for $69.99, now $19.49



The Fiesta Private Island from Skymall (WIN IT!)

The Fiesta Private Island is an 8 person raft that will make any pool party, lake day or boating adventure into one for the memory books. We’re giving one away on TheGiftInsider.com ($599.00 Value)FiestaPrivateIsland_2 

View The Gift Insider chatting about all of these gifts on Fox 2 Detroit news below! 


Jul 15 2014

Win it! A Fiesta Private Island from Skymall ($599.00 Value)

The Fiesta Private Island is a float that seats 8 (you+ 7 of your closest friends.)  It’s one of those wishlist items that we all wish we had, but might not totally be on the “necessity” list.  Because we are all about trying to help you all get what you’ve always wanted, we teamed up with the folks at Skymall to giveaway a Sportstuff’s Fiesta Private Island to one lucky summer reader!

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, last day to enter is 9/1/2014.


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Jul 14 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Who can get enough summer pool parties, BBQs and lake days?  Make sure to show your host or hostess how much you appreciate their hospitality with a thoughtful, easy and healthy DIY BBQ Basket.

What We Used:

- Grilling Mit, Spatula and Ketchup and Mustard Bottles from Target

- BBQ Pop Chips (our favorite easy + healthy summer snack to bring!)

McClure’s Pickles (Detroit’s Own!)

- Stubb’s BBQ Sauce

- Detroit Greektown Spices from the Detroit Shoppe

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

What have you put in a quick and easy summer hostess gift? Comment below!


Jul 8 2014

A Whimsical July 4th Engagement Party

My fiance and I had the most magical  July 4th Engagement party this past weekend at the home I grew up in.  I wanted to share with you some fun and whismical details that helped make the event so incredibly special.

Custom Confetti by The Confetti Bar / Letter Garlands by MintLovesSocialClub / DIY Fringe backdrop / Huge Blow Up Swan on Amazon / Heart Sparklers by Beaucoup /  Custom Matches by ForYourParty / Tables and Chairs from Gerych Designs / DIY Mason Jar Flowers / Huge Fringe Balloons by Confetti and Co / LOVE Napkins by Zazzle/

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Engagement Party Ideas

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It was such a magical and special night, I love sharing this time of my life with all of you.  We’d love to hear about your summer festivites and July 4th.  Leave us comments below!

If you are in party mode, be sure to check out some of our other parties we’ve done, a 90′s Themed Party, or here are ideas on Engagement Gifts and Gifting etiquette.



Jun 30 2014

DIY Gift Ideas – Will You Be My Bridesmaid Boxes

We had such a fun time making our DIY Bridesmaid Boxes to ask our most cherished friends to be a part of our wedding next summer.

Here’s what we did and what we used!

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- “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Paper Dolls by FirstSnowfall 

- Washi tape & velvet ribbon

- Glitter Alphabet Stickers

- Pink Boxes from Target

- Notepads from Target

- French Macaroons

- DIY Glittler Chamgagne (Mini Champagne Bottles, Glitter, Spray Glue)

- Nail Polish & Matching Nail Files

DIY Bridesmaid Gift Boxes

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DIY Bridesmaid Gift Boxes

Tell us! How did you guys ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your special day?  For day-of gifts and to help your groom out with gifts for his Groomsmen feel free to browse our Wedding Party Gifts section.



Jun 26 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Personalized Canvas Totes for Mother’s Day, Bridesmaids, Your BFFS

This Mother’s Day we decided to go the DIY route and make personalized tote bags for our Mom, Grandmas and future Mother-in-law.  It was a pretty easy process so we thought we’d give you a step-by-step for any group personalized gifting needs you want something cheap, personalized and thoughtful.


Transfer Paper (Michaels, Amazon, any craft store),
- Canvas Totes (any craft store)
- Design or Download a unique design and font
- Iron
- Towel
- Goodies to Fill Tote

Step #1:

Create a design and look for your totes.  We liked the simplicity of the name and vintage inspired floral border, but there are a lot of ideas on Creative Market if you aren’t graphically design inclinded.

DIY Custom Canvas Tote Bags Mothers Day

Step #2:

Print your design on transfer paper, cut out the design (making sure to cut as close around the design as possible)

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #3:  

Place towel underneath tote to not ruin you table or carpet, remove backing, and lightly press each area of the print for 20 seconds.  Make sure to lift up and press verse moving iron like you would clothing.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #4:

Let cool and peel off the backing. If it isn’t coming off easily, iron a little longer. 

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #5:

If you want to do both the front and back of the tote be very careful not to iron where you ironed on the front, as it will melt the front design.  We did a little “Happy Mother’s Day 2014″ on the bottom back. (Doing both sides was definitly the hardest part of the process for us, so be carefull!)

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #6:

Repeat for as many totes as you need.  We got a few extra canvas bags just in case any didn’t turn out.  We ended up using both of our extras, we recommend doing the same.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #7:

Fill totes with fresh flowers, edible treats or any goodies each person might like.  We gave each of our giftees slightly different gifts on the inside so the gift seemed a little more personalized to each person. Tie with a pretty ribbon and use colorful tissue paper.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #8:

Let them ooh-and-ahh over their unique and personalized totes!

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Check out our tutorial on DIY Personalized Mugs,  a DIY Man Bouquet or 100′s of Gift Ideas for Moms on the site.




Jun 25 2014

Gigi New York Sweepstakes – And the winner is…

Amanda P. from Lemont, Illionois!

Thank you for all your entries in the The Gift Insider’s Gigi New York  Monogrammed Bag Giveaway. We wish we had one for all of you!

Gigi New York Giveaway

For those of you who follow us already, we have a lot more free swag coming up!  For those new to the site,we are so excited to get to know all of you and help you with all your gifting needs. Feel free to always ask us any gifting q’s you may have.

A huge thanks to Gigi New York for providing the prize. We are slightly obsessed with literally their entire line of colorful and personalizable leather goods, so it’s always fun to partner with them and hook you guys up with an awesome prize.  

Stay tuned for our next sweeps to win & give or win & #giftyourself.


Jun 11 2014

We’re Excited to Welcome Our New Intern Tessa!

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our newest intern, Tessa Cohen to our team.  She is an extremely talented UW-Madison AXO (gotta keep it in the family, right?!) who is majoring in retail and minoring in digital studies.  She spends most of her free time catching up with friends, online shopping, and binge-watching TV.  She even has a knack for card making — so all of the gifts she gives have a handmade card! She’s a perfect fit for The Gift Insider and we are lucky to have her.


Q.  Favorite Gift She’s Ever Received - 

A. A relative once gave me a wallet filled with gift cards to a few of my favorite stores. The gift had a personal touch but gave me room to get the things I wanted as well!

Q. Favorite Gift on The Gift Insider - 

A. It’s hard to pick just one.. there is so much to love! I’m a fan of anything delicate and unique. I absolutely love the Mark and Graham Brass Bar Necklace. The brass has this rustic look — such a cool piece.

Stay tuned for blog updates, social media takeovers and gift recommendations from Tessa!



Jun 10 2014

7 Last Minute Gifts for Dad You Can Order Through Amazon Prime

It’s crunch time, folks.  June 15th is just a few days away and a lot of you have asked for last-minute gift ideas for your Dads this Father’s Day.

Enter, Amazon Prime, our saving grace for anything last-minute.  A one-time $99.00 membership gets you free 2-day shipping on a lot of great gift items.  Here are 7 Gift Ideas for Dads that you can quickly order on Amazon Prime to arrive for your Father’s Day celebrations.

Beer Making Kit



Jambox Wireless Speakers




Chilsner For Dad



Breakfast Sandwich Maker


Pebble Watch



Pebble White For Dad


Make sure to check out our other Last Minute Gift Idea tips and recommendations and our whole section dedicated to Cool Gift Ideas for Dad.




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